For a lot of students these days, going overseas to study for the first time represents an awesome opportunity to learn about another culture or speak a new language. Depending on where you eventually choose, there are some necessary preparations that you would need to do. For example, when enrolling into a foreign university of your choice, you would need to know the entry requirements of that faculty and also the amount of money that would be needed to set aside for the course of your choice.
Apart from that, you would also need to figure out the financial aspects of living overseas and how much that would eventually cost you or your family and whether you would be able to get a scholarship or grant for overseas students or if your local bank is able to finance you the monies required for your education. The duration of your university course will also determine how much you would be spending, and also if you will be able to get advanced standing with the faculty of your choice to enroll yourself into perhaps the second or third year of study.
Finding out information from the local university education centre will help in answering some of your questions like accommodation for foreign students in the host university. Questions that you would want to ask would be if there are on campus residential housing provided and whether if it is just for rental or if they do provide full board facilities. Some smaller universities are located in the city area where they do have limited residential housing for their local and foreign students alike, so a simple check on these facilities will determine the choices available for accommodation while you are there. Otherwise you would need to find rental accommodations off campus, and these can be tricky where tenancy agreements are concerned. You would probably need to find out more information on this aspect with your local student counsellor.
Meal considerations for students with special needs like muslim halal foods as well as vegetarian meals might be a question that is good to ask the counsellor as well at the education center. They should also be able to provide you with information as to whether there are diplomatic relations between the host country as well as your own country. You would also need to find out if your local bank has banking facilities near the host university and if you would need to open a separate bank account for fund transfers.
Other general information would be insurance premiums for health care, compatibility of local driving licenses, cultural aspects of the people as well as places of interests around the campus. As you would be on a student visa, it would be good to know if you are allowed to find casual part time work during the tenure of your education overseas. These are just some of the basic information that you would need to know in your preparation for studying overseas for the first time.